WORLD DELIRIUM AWARENESS DAY
March 13 2019
About the event
Actions to Take on #WDAD2019
- Commit to using the term ‘delirium’
- Screen your patients for delirium
- Listen to patient and family stories about the experience of delirium
- Engage your leadership in a discussion for delirium
- Educate health professionals about delirium
Delirium is a rapid change in brain function, which primarily affects the ability to focus attention. Delirium can fluctuate over the course of a day with periods of lucidity followed by increased confusion.
Delirium occurs in up to:
- 25% of Medical Inpatients
- 50% of Surgery Patients
- 75% of Intensive Care Patients
Delirium can lead to long-term function, cognition, and social impairments. Delirium can result in long-term care.
Critically Ill Patients
Cognitive impairment / Dementia
Multiple Medical Conditions
Nursing / Old aged Home Patients
There are no medications approved for the treatment of delirium. Clinicians treat delirium by identifying and treating the underlying causes.
Videos of Common Delirium Questions
Delirium affects the lives and independence of patients, families, and healthcare professionals. iDelirium seeks to:
- Advocate for delirium with a unified voice
- Build an understanding of the global economic implications of delirium
- Collaborate to advance delirium science
- Develop international programming for delirium
- Educate patients, caregivers, professionals, and policy makers about delirium
The impact of delirium affects patients regardless of country. As a result, solutions to delirium require broad thinking and strong advocacy. iDelirium fills this role by coordinating the message of delirium across the worlds professional delirium societies.